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Cover of Youngbloods

From Youngbloods

I wrote this for my ex-wife, and still best friend… I was really closed and shut off from her for the better part of a year leading to our split, and I needed to try and explain that to her, but without really wanting to try and articulate it to her in person; it’s still something I find hard to talk to her about, I can’t explain what happened, but I pretty much got totally caught up with life and everything I was going through, and instead of turning to someone who understands me more than almost anyone I know, I internalized it, which obviously led to a negative outcome. I felt so detached from everything I knew, and felt like I was slowly turning colder emotionally as well, which was having a really heavy impact on her, and is still something that’s a sore point… It’s hard to keep a relationship together when you’re too self involved to notice what you’re doing to the other person… Alcohol doesn’t play a winning role in the formula either, being constantly drunk and irresponsible because of that, always teetering on the edge of my depression taking hold of me; always subjecting her to some really heavy phone calls due to the distance between us, and then never wanting to discuss it whilst sober. If I can get people to walk away from this record with anything, it would be to try your hardest, no matter how uncomfortable it feels, to open up to those closest to you. It can only help, even it comes at the price of some initial anger, it can only lead to forging stronger bonds with the people who care about you.

- Joel Birch

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